Bargaining 2019

September 19, 2019

SaskPower Head Office

UPDATE: 5 pm Sunday, Oct. 20

SaskPower is pleased to have reached a tentative agreement with Unifor Local 649. The final details of the tentative agreement will not be released until the ratification process is complete. 

We have also signed a return to work agreement that Unifor employees will return to regular work duties tomorrow. We appreciate your patience as we make this transition back to normal operating conditions. 

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UPDATE: 7:45 pm Friday, Oct. 18

SaskPower was unable to reach a tentative agreement with Unifor this week. SaskPower and Unifor made progress on non-monetary matters at the bargaining table this week, but Unifor rejected our monetary offer late Friday afternoon. 

Unifor is seeking binding arbitration on our monetary issues. We do not agree to proceed to this stage and are pursuing next steps. We remain committed to the collective bargaining process and believe agreements can be reached by continuing to bargain in good faith. 

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UPDATE: 11 am Tuesday, Oct. 15

We’re maintaining open lines of communication with Unifor, but no further bargaining dates are set at this time.

To support Manitoba as they work through repairs caused by the recent winter storms, we’ve deployed 24 of our employees. These employees are not part of Unifor; they’re part of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). Service levels to SaskPower customers are not impacted. We’re actively managing resources to ensure we’re equipped to respond to any Saskatchewan outages.

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UPDATE: 1:30 pm Friday, Oct. 11

Our call centre hours have changed to 9 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday.

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UPDATE: 3:30 pm Wednesday, Oct. 9

Strike action continues across the province. Our call centre hours have changed to 10 am to 3 pm. Maintaining core services to our customers is our priority. We encourage all customers to go online and sign up for an online account. With an online account you can do most transactions you'd usually do over the phone.

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UPDATE: 7:30 am Friday, Oct. 4

Quotables:

  • We remain committed to the bargaining process and reaching a deal as soon as possible.
  • Maintaining core services to customers is a priority.
  • Signing up for an online account will help reduce the impact of this labour action on customers.

SaskPower is currently experiencing a strike. Although we won't comment on bargaining details, we're committed to the process. And want to assure you we're working to reach a deal as soon as possible.

Maintaining core services to our customers is our priority. We encourage all customers to go online and sign up for an online account. With an online account you can do most transactions you'd usually do over the phone.

We appreciate everyone's patience. We've redeployed management staff to our call centre. And will continue to take inquiries during our usual operating hours. Services offered by phone are now limited. You can still call to report an outage, inquire about your account balance or make an inquiry about your account. Please visit saskpower.com for all other inquiries. This includes new connects, programs and offerings, building moves, submitting a meter read, moving, making payment arrangement.

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UPDATE:  9:30 am Friday, Sept. 27

Quotables:

  • We remain committed to the bargaining process and reaching a deal as soon as possible.
  • Maintaining core services to customers is a priority.
  • Signing up for an online account will help reduce the impact of any labour action on customers.

Unifor Local 649 will be in a legal strike situation effective Monday, Sept. 30. Although we won't comment on bargaining details, please know that we're committed to the process. We're working to reach a deal as soon as possible.

Maintaining core services to our customers is our priority. In the event that we see labour disruption next week, we encourage all customers to go online and sign up for an online account to avoid longer wait times. With an online account you can do most transactions you'd usually do over the phone.

Thanks to everyone for your patience.

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September 19

Quotables:

  • It’s not unusual for a strike vote to occur during the bargaining process.
  • SaskPower will redeploy management employees to maintain core services to our customers.
  • Signing up for an online account will help reduce the impact of labour action.

As you've heard in the news, our Unifor employees recently took part in a strike vote. They voted in favour of a strike mandate.

It isn't unusual for a strike vote to happen during the bargaining process. And we remain committed to the collective bargaining process.

In the event of a strike, we plan to redeploy management employees where needed. We're doing this to maintain core services to our customers.

If you haven't already done so, sign-up today for an online account. With an online account you can:

  • View your current and past bills
  • Send us your monthly meter readings
  • Pay your power bill by credit card or online banking
  • Sign up for equalized and automatic payments
  • Go paperless!
  • Ask us questions
  • Get alerts when it's time to pay your bill or read your meter

We won't comment on bargaining details. But, we'll provide updates here as soon as they are available.

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